Jessica joined Sonn Macmillan Walker in March 2015. She works primarily in our extradition department, representing clients at first instance in the magistrates’ court and on appeal to the High Court.
As a solicitor she has worked on extradition and crown court cases. She has considerable experience in defending extradition requests, both under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) scheme and outside of the EU. Such cases often involve complex litigation and a large volume of expert evidence.
Since joining Sonn Macmillan Walker Jessica has worked on a large number of EAW cases. She has a strong track record in assisting clients to resist extradition on human rights grounds and has successfully defended a number of clients on the basis that to order their extradition would constitute a disproportionate interference with their right to a private and family life. She has also mounted successful arguments on behalf of clients requested in a variety of jurisdictions focussing on the prison conditions in which they would be detained following extradition. Jessica is qualified to advise clients on the validity of EAWs and the possibility of compromising requests.
She is experienced in assisting clients whose extradition is requested outside of the EU. Whilst at Sonn Macmillan Walker she has assisted clients requested in a variety of jurisdictions including the USA, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine and Australia. Such cases routinely involve large volumes of evidence and the instruction of experts and foreign lawyers. During her time at Sonn Macmillan Walker she has built up a large database of contacts all over the world who are able to assist with her cases.
Jessica represents clients accused of all types of offences in the crown court, including allegations of violence, sexual offences including rape and serious drug offences. She prides herself on diligent preparation of cases.
Where clients accept the allegation against them, she has a strong track record in preparing cases for sentence and obtaining favourable outcomes for those she represents.
She regularly attends the police station and has extensive experience in advising clients accused of every type of offence including serious violence, sexual offences, drugs related allegations and fraud.